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Ernest Borgnine in a publicity still as Lt. Cdr. Quinton McHale

Ernest Borgnine

Hamden, CT
Born 1917
Hamden, CT, United States
Died 2012


Ernest Borgnine served his country with honor in the U.S. Navy from Oct. 1935 until October 1941. He re-enlisted in the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served throughout World War II in the Atlantic Theater from January, 1942 until his discharge in Sept. 1945 where he was on antisubmarine patrols. He then had a long distinguished acting career and was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for his title role performance in the 1955 film "Marty." However, his most famous role was playing Lt. Commander Quinton McHale in the 1960's show "McHale's Navy." U.S. Navy Secretary John Warner once told him he was the most important recruiter the Navy ever had. Among his honors was being named in 2004 as an "Honorary Chief Petty Officer" by the U.S. Navy. He died in 2012, but at that time his voice was known to young children as the character of "Mermaid Man" in the Sponge Bob Square Pants cartoons. Anchors Aweigh.


Bronze Star Medal

Military Rank

Years of Service


Wars, Campaigns, & Battles

World War II
The Atlantic Campaign